the hidden gift of boredom

I'm not quite sure how or at what point the word bored enters a child's vernacular, but it has here. In the last six months I've heard the word more than ever, and I find myself sorting through reasonings, attempting to connect dots, as to…

for the weekend | ideas to celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this weekend in the US, and although it seems there is now a day to celebrate all sorts of things, of course this one and Father's Day feel most precious. As both a daughter and a mother, I love that we have a day set apart…

nurturing the whole self | morning rituals

NURTURING THE WHOLE SELF As a mother, it has become easy for me to define nurturing as something I give to others–whether in marriage, mothering, friendship, creative pursuits, or service–but I'm slowly realizing as life increasingly…

for the weekend | juice recipes and thoughts on rest

There's been an unplanned, obvious lull in this space the last two months, and I'll admit on certain days, I've been frustrated by it. In short, there are simply too many things that I want to do in a day, and not enough time or enough…

our homeschool in pictures | March

  Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. ― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh _____________________________ spring herbs + tales of Benjamin Bunny a small lesson about finding God in the ordinariness the…

morning tricks: a story of kale + gruyere quiche

Yesterday morning began harrowed, everyone impatient and on guard, like the friction of too many short notes held together. Even on my best mornings those emotions can be exhausting to direct, but on this morning I too felt myself sucked in,…

English Lessons Through Literature (and Art)

I don't often write about specific curriculum here, mostly because I believe children and parents can thrive together in learning at home regardless of the specific tools they choose. Some homes prefer guides that offer specific directives…

for the weekend | an easy handmade bread

Every Friday evening, our family shares communion together during our Sabbath meal. I love the concreteness of communion, the plainness of the metaphor. God found in the most ordinary and humble place of crushed, fermented grapes and a…



Cloistered Away is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.


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